Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 1.11
January 11, 2017 | Michael Worton
Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Russell Westbrook – Throw his last game out the window. On Monday, Russell Westbrook posted only 55.75 fantasy points in 33 minutes against the Chicago Bulls. For his price tag, it was a horrible performance. Since then, his price tag dropped dramatically, making him usable in both 50/50 contests and tournaments once again. The Memphis Grizzlies are a tough defensively team, but Westbrook has over 70 fantasy points in three of his last four games. Fire him up.
Michael’s Rapid Reaction: His price tag is lower, so the temptation is real. But, I’m rolling with Harden tonight over Westy. He’s basically the same price and Harden has a much better matchup. 7 games ago when Westy played the Grizzlies, he was held to 29.3 DK points in just 23 minutes.
CJ McCollum – This is sort of a cheap way to avoid picking a low-priced option at the point guard or shooting guard position, but technically speaking, CJ McCollum provides a ton of value, and this is my article, so shut up. With at least 45 fantasy points in four of his last five games, McCollum can be rostered in both 50/50 contests and tournaments. He is one of the hottest shooting guard options in the league right now, and that position is very watered down. If it isn’t James Harden tonight, it has to be McCollum.
Michael’s Rapid Reaction: I have no probs with CJ on most nights. The Cavs rank 26th defensively against the SG spot and 19th against the PG when he slides over. The Cavs will be anxious to push the ball after playing in slow motion last night.
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LeBron James – LeBron James has over 50 fantasy points in three of his last four contests, and he has been very consistent this entire season. That should not be surprising at all. Tonight, he gets a fantastic matchup against the Portland Trailblazers. Not only do the Blazers push the tempo, but Damian Lillard and company should be able to keep this game close. James thrives in close games. Roster him in all leagues, as 60 plus fantasy points is semi-likely tonight.
Michael’s Rapid Reaction: There’s no one on the Blazers squad that can contain him, slow him down or much less stop him. Aim, shoot, fire LeBron away.
Enes Kanter – Enes Kanter has been playing too well of recent to pass on him tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. In his last game, he posted over 40 fantasy points in 28 minutes against the Chicago Bulls. With over 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, he has been consistent enough, at his price point, to roster in both 50/50 contests and tournaments. His upside is great, he is shooting fantastic from the field, and he has been hitting value on a consistent basis. That is all a fantasy owner can ask for.
Michael’s Rapid Reaction: He’s playing like a guy that should be $6,100 and not $5,100. The matchup appears scary, but he put up 24 DK points in 24 minutes the last time these guys laced em’ up, in a blowout. We anticipate a much closer game, so a little more production isn’t that far of a stretch.
Kevin Love – Kevin Love, like LeBron James, gets a fantastic matchup tonight against the Portland Trailblazers. This is going to be an important game to attack, as far as fantasy is concerned. Love, unlike James, should only be used in tournaments. He is just not consistent enough to be rostered in 50/50 contests, and he proved that in his last outing, in which he posted under 30 fantasy points against the Utah Jazz in 37 minutes. He does, however, have over 40 fantasy points in four of his last six games prior to that outing against the Jazz.
Michael’s Rapid Reaction: So you like this game eh’? Me too. The Blazers get torched down low. Aminu’s defense is pretty good though, ranking 3rd best out of the power forwards tonight. But K-Love is a double-double machine and it’ll be hard to guard everyone in transition. I agree, tourney only for me too.
Marcin Gortat – Marcin Gortat is the best cash game center option on the board, again, tonight. He failed to hit 30 fantasy points in two straight games now, but his price tag is still very reasonable, and he has over 35 fantasy points in five of his last seven games. Do not let two straight games under 30 fantasy points scare you away. Gortat provides a ton of value at a tough position tonight. Roster him in all leagues without hesitation.
Michael’s Rapid Reaction: YOU ALWAYS PLAY YOUR BIGS AGAINST BOSTON. It’s a rule. Now drop it.
Michael’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
John Wall – He gets the best matchup out of any PG on the board tonight. Isaiah Thomas’ individual defense is the worst on the slate for the PG spot. Wall has over 50 DK points in 3 of his last 4 games and is coming off a 58 point DK performance last night. He’s safe for 50/50 & Tournaments.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: John Wall is one of the better point guards in the league, and he should get the better of IT2 tonight.
Austin Rivers – He’s playing big minutes, 37.75 minutes a game over his last 4 contests. He’s averaging 40.75 DK points over his last 2 contests. He gets a nice matchup against an Orlando Magic who are middle of the road defensively, ranking 17th overall. His floor makes him difficult to roster in 50/50 contests, but he gives you a nice salary relief to fit some studs into your tourney lineup.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Austin Rivers is a big part of the Los Angeles Clippers offense right now, but he is dealing with an illness, so roster him in tournaments only tonight.
Karl-Anthony Towns – He has the 3rd best matchup of any Power Forward or Center on the board tonight. He’s playing in an uptempo game that really suits him well. Capela, the Rockets best defensive post player, is still nursing an injury and the last time these 2 teams met, Towns put up 69.5 DK points against them. Nothing much has changed defensively for the Rockets and KAT is coming off a 62.8 DK performance against a much tougher Mavericks D. I like Towns in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Karl-Anthony Towns always makes for a great option.
Aaron Gordon – He’s not safe enough to roster in 50/50 contests, but you can fire him up in your tourney lineup. Frank Vogel, head coach of the Magic, just doesn’t know what to do with him. One game he’ll play 36 minutes, the next game he might see 24. Forget his dud against the Lakers, but in his 3 previous games, he averaged 37 DK points a game. The matchup appears tough, but individually he gets the 2nd best matchup of all SF tonight and has a big size advantage over J.J. Redick.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Aaron Gordon is not all that enticing tonight. There are better value forward options on the board.
DeAndre Jordan – The Magic rank 24th defensively against the Center spot, which is somewhat irrelevant when considering Jordan because he gets his action off dunks, blocks and rebounds. With CP3 in the lineup, Jordan is able to contribute more off the pick n roll. In 3 of his last 4 games he has grabbed at least 18 rebounds. He has a solid floor for your cash game lineup, but not much upside for tournaments, except that, it might be just you and that dude Marcellus Wiley who owns him.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: DeAndre Jordan is worth consideration in all leagues.
Nerlens Noel – He has taken over as primary back up to Joel Embiid and is averaging 24 minutes his last 2 games in which he put up 19 & 36 DK points. The Knicks get torched down low and Noel doesn’t have to do much to get value. Use him at your own risk for 50/50 contests, but his 36 point upside is great for tournaments.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: The Philadelphia 76ers are just too hard to rely on. With players like Enes Kanter and Mason Plumlee at the center position, Noel will not find his way into my lineups.
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